Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Deciphering Violence

The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong, 1st Edition

By Karen A. Cerulo


201 pages

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Paperback: 9780415917995
pub: 1998-06-11

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Deciphering Violence ex-plicates the language of violence in American culture, revealing the conventions that journalists and artists use to tell stories about violence, and explaining how these storytelling conventions influence the impact of violent images on the viewers who are exposed to them. Professor Cerulo has given us a creative and insightful work of scholarship." -- Paul Dimaggio, Princeton University

"In addition to academic readers ranging from upper-division undergraduates through faculty, the audience for this book will include television professionals, parents, religious leaders, lawyers, and designers of video games. Excellent bibliography." -- Choice

"How is that narratives of violence fascinate as they repel? Karen Cerulo tells the story of violence with the inventiveness, the theoretical acuity, and the common sense and grace that make her intellectual agenda so compelling and her work unique. Activists and practitioners as well as theorists, will thank her for Deciphering Violence." -- Magali Sarfatti Larson

About the Author

Karen A. Cerulo is Associate Profess of Sociology at Rutgers University. She is author of Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation (1996) and co-author of Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye (1997).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General